Hannah reviews the EVOC Neo – A Backpack With Protection.
I’m a fan of having a back pack on – I like having something between my back and the ground when I crash. Yes, I mean when I crash. I seem to have developed something of a habit of tucking and rolling as I fall – meaning having a backpack on gives a useful layer of protection. Better than just any old backpack, then, is one with a built in back protector. Which is what we have here.
It’s a fairly heavy pack – before you’ve loaded it up with anything, it’s got a heft to it (1.65kg/3.64lbs without a bladder). It does squash down nice and flat though, and you can use the helmet carrying straps to compress the pack. There’s a main internal section with simple pouch for a bladder (not included), and a small mesh zipper pocket for easy access to valuables.
Behind the front helmet stow area, there’s another pocket that opens out completely to reveal two opaque family flat plastic zipped pouches – handy for first aid materials – and a series of stretchy pockets, including two elasticated loops for holding a pump. There’s plenty of room here for all the tools you could need, plus maybe a snack bar or two.
Elsewhere, there’s fleece lined pocket on the top of the bag, which has a couple more stretchy pockets in it. Both sides of the pack have a stretchy mesh pocket big enough for a woolly hat, pair of gloves or small emergency shelter, The left hip strap has a tother stretchy pocket – such as you might shove wrappers into mid race – and the right has a small zipped pocket – for a multi tool perhaps? Since the pocket is on the outside of a padded section, you shouldn’t need to worry about landing on it.
These hip strap pockets are on the outside of what it quite a substantial waist strap – with starts off with two padded ears, then joins into a large Velcro-like waist band over which you click another buckled strap into place. The upper part of the bag is secured by a chest strap which joins the two padded shoulders straps together and stops them slipping sideways on your shoulders.
Lastly, there’s the back protector itself. Rubbery and with plenty of ventilation, it stands away from the back of the pack, allowing a good degree of airflow. It will also be replaced for free under Evoc’s crash replacement scheme, should you need it.
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|Product:||Neo Protector 16L|
|Tested:||by Hannah for 2 months|